Stellan Bengtsson
Stellan Bengtsson (1972)
Personal information
Full nameStellan Bengtsson
Nationality Sweden
Born (1952-07-26) 26 July 1952 (age 69)
Slöinge, Sweden
Playing styleShake hand grip
Highest ranking
  1. 1, 1971
Medal record
Men's table tennis
Representing  Sweden
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1983 Tokyo Team
Bronze medal – third place 1981 Novi Sad Singles
Bronze medal – third place 1977 Birmingham Doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1977 Birmingham Team
Bronze medal – third place 1975 Calcutta Team
Gold medal – first place 1973 Sarajevo Doubles
Gold medal – first place 1973 Sarajevo Team
Gold medal – first place 1971 Nagoya Singles
European Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1980 Berne Singles
Gold medal – first place 1980 Berne Team
Gold medal – first place 1976 Prague Doubles
Silver medal – second place 1976 Prague Team
Silver medal – second place 1974 Novi Sad Doubles
Gold medal – first place 1974 Novi Sad Team
Gold medal – first place 1972 Rotterdam Singles
Silver medal – second place 1972 Rotterdam Doubles
Silver medal – second place 1972 Rotterdam Mixed Doubles
Gold medal – first place 1972 Rotterdam Team
Bronze medal – third place 1970 Moscow Singles
Gold medal – first place 1970 Moscow Team
Gold medal – first place 1968 Lyon Team

Stellan Bengtsson (born 26 July 1952)[1] is a Swedish former table tennis player. He became the first Swede to win the men's singles at the World Table Tennis Championships in 1971.[2] He has won three World championships, seven European championships and 65 International championships.

He also won seven English Open titles.

Notable events

First Swede to win World Championships

Bengtsson was born in Falkenberg, on the West coast of Sweden in 1952 and began to play table tennis at the age of eight. His small stature (167 cm tall, weighing 60 kg) helped him match the Chinese and he became the first Swede to win the individual World Championships in 1971. In total, Bengtsson has no less than 10 World Championship - and 13 European Championship medals to his credit. Because of his world championship, Bengtsson earned the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal.

Statue Raised in Bengtsson's Honor

It was three Rotary clubs, Falkenbergs Rotaryclub, Falkenberg-Herting Rotaryclub and Falkenberg-Kattegatt Rotaryclub, who originally launched the proposal in autumn 2003 and Bengtsson naturally gladly accepted. Stellan Bengtsson’s contribution to the world of table tennis was immortalized when a bronze statue of the legendary Swede was raised in his hometown, Falkenberg, in 2006. Half a million Swedish kronor was raised from various sponsors and a local artist, Martina Falkehag Finn, was chosen amongst a number of qualified candidates to complete the project. The statue is located in the Falkenberg city hall and will be moved to Falkenberg’s new athletic arena when the new indoor stadium is completed in a couple of years. Stellan Bengtsson currently teaches in After School Learning Tree. He coaches kids and others to play.

References

  1. ^ Stellan Bengtsson's profile Archived 2007-10-07 at the Wayback Machine. Swedish Table Tennis Federation.
  2. ^ Statistics of Stellan Bengtsson Archived 2012-03-06 at the Wayback Machine. ITTF Database.
Preceded byGunnar Larsson Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal 1971 Succeeded byUlrika Knape